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11/06/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider Ship Surgeon's log day 2-3.

Yesterday wasn't one of the most memorable days we've had on the Atlantic.. Day started out with the fishing/trawlingline-stuck-in-rudder incident but after that, winds died and the autopilot has now done the job for 24 hours without us having to even touch the helm. It's nice but it's boring! Weather wasn't helping us much either.. An annoying drizzle forced us to stay inside for much of the day - not very good for my now peaking tan. Takes hard work to keep such a thing going, and a few days without sun can be a catastrophe! Everybody had a good nights sleep, and this morning we woke up to a racing fishing rod. Finally after having dragged the lure about another 1000 miles Kristian caught a decent sized Abercor tuna, our guess is round 6-8 kg. So guess what we're having. read more...


11/06/2013

Paraty - TAG 25 - Wo ist nur der Wind

noch 120 sm.... In der Nacht hat uns der Wind leider wieder verlassen. Unsere Versuche mittels Gennaker den leichten Windhauch in Geschwindigkeit umzusetzen waren leider nicht von Erfolg gekroent. So haben wir den Motor angeworfen und lauschen statt Wind und Wellen nun dem guten alten Schiffsdiesel. Die gute Laune lassen wir uns natuerlich dennoch nicht verderben. Diverse spirituelle Maennergespraechsthemen fuehren in Kombination mit Peters gutem Essen und noch vorhandenen Weinreserven zu durchaus ueberraschenden Ergebnissen.  Offensichtlich befinden sich die Fische in diesem Teil des Atlantiks saemtlichst im Hungerstreik. Kein einziges Mal hat die Angel dieses vielversprechende Geraeusch des Ausrauschens von sich gegeben und so wird es wohl heute Abend statt Sushi Nudeln. read more...


10/06/2013

Webster - Log 4: last day in Bayona

Five days in Bayona is good neither for your waistline nor your liver. The calamari here is to die for and the paella likewise. The wine and thecocktails in the Irish bar, the G&Ts in the club house, the copious quantities of beer,those boys on Serendipity have a lot to answer for, leading me astray like that. The social side of this rally is great with receptions/ dinners nearly every evening. Kate arrived on the boat this afternoon after I had to say cheerio to our Biscay crew of Phil, Jerry and Pete yesterday. The day was spent on hand and knee scrubbing and cleaning after putting in a 5 mile run - getting back into it for good or for bad- and when Kate arrived we went for a twice round the Parador castle. The race to Povoa starts at 1030 tomorrow but a south/southwest 10-15 knots. read more...


10/06/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper has left the building

Well we have finally left to join the ARC 2013. Many months of planning and hard work have come to an end and we have now left the shores of Great Britain for pastures new.We would like to say thank you and all our love to all our friends and family who have supported us in the exciting and challenging adventure.Very special thanks to all our dear friends from Brixham, who have made the last 12 months so much fun.  You are all true friends and we will miss you all.  Only problem is that when we return, our home will be in Brixham so you will have to put up with us all over again, sorry folks.A special thanks to Mr David “Ushant” Thomas for putting together such a moving and memorable video of us departing Brixham. He made so many people cry and so many people happy all at the. read more...


10/06/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Day two-dodelo

Coco nous petites cornichons!  Another great and eventful day is coming towards the end. Today we saw dolphins, a huge cargo ship and a loot of salt water. Not all of us saw the dolphins because the reaction when someone shouts “Dolphins” is ...“…” (The three dots indicate no reaction).  Mike has been studying a bit for his Yacht master, the rest of us has been studying the great skill of procrastination. We practise book reading, coffee drinking, beer drinking, dinner eating, whale spotting (without luck) and dish washing.  We had a brief talk with Easy Rider and our Danish friends over there. We also had a talk with La Chunga, both are other ARC Europe boats and they were doing great.  Other trivia I can expose here on the internet is that we went from sailing. read more...


10/06/2013

Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival

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Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival
Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival
Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival
Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival
10/06/2013

Leviathan II - log day 2 - leaving Plymouth

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Leviathan II - log day 2 - leaving Plymouth
Leviathan II - log day 2 - leaving Plymouth
10/06/2013

Starblazer - Our stay in Baiona

Thursday proved to be a very busy day for the team of Rally Control with the majority of the boats arriving during the day including us! The nightmare of a six and a half day crossing, as in 2003, was not repeated, for which I am mightily relieved. We spent Friday mostly doing jobs on the boat, mending the bits that went wrong.The Sailtainer is now reinstated, the first reefing line is led back in the boom and tied to the sail and the general mess below is tidied up. In the evening there was a Sangria reception for the rally, hosted by the yacht club, then we went for a group meal in a restaurant called Le Tunel.It was very good value. As the weather forecast was not very good for Saturday we chose not to go on the trip to Santiago de Compostela as we have been twice before. Instead I. read more...


10/06/2013

Johanem - Johanem 10/6/13

Good winds last night at up to 30 knts allowed us to progress well, topping out at 10.3 knts, the good speed has however been countered by us having to go slightly the wrong direction, more North than ideal but the wind swinging round to the SW has improved direction to stop us heading to Portsmouth and more towards mid Portugal. I am being told, its only a minor issue!A terrific dinner of bolognese and pasta in serious mans portions allowed us to mop up the frequent Beer o'clocks and of course the Fizz o'clock at 20,000 miles. Minor sense of humor failure in the wee hours of this morning when I thought we had been transported to Ireland for a constant drizzle experience, this was definitely not in the brochure with promises of balmy starlight nights. However mid morning it all cleared. read more...


10/06/2013

Freebooter - 9th June - Friends & the Monte Real Yacht Club

We were delighted to get an email from fellow MOA (Moody Owners Association) members Claire and William Philpot a couple of days ago. They had spotted us on AIS, and were in La Coruna at the time. They sailed in last night, just in time to join in a drinks reception at the Club. This probably supports the widely held view that MOA members will travel a good distance for a free drink!Anyway, the occasion was to welcome a Classic Yacht Regatta to the Club, and generously, the Rally Portugal fleet was invited along. To set the scene, Monte Real is a very prestigious Club, set within the historic outer walls of a castle. Its setting is superb, and the staffing and ambiance reflect its status. The principle attendees were predominantly cadets from a naval sail training ship, plus more. read more...


10/06/2013

Easy Rider - EASY RIDER...Captain's Log...Day 1

We are at sea again!! We left left the island of SantaMaria yesterday morning with light winds & sunshine, so it was a veryrelaxing way to start our 800 mile trip to Lagos. By early evening the wind & swellshad picked up sufficiently to make it a difficult night at the helm. Helming wasmade more difficult due to the fact we hooked up some 200 metres of fishing line& ropes, complete with dozens of hooks, on our port side rudder.Fortunately, this morning we were able to pull it all aboard without too much difficulty!   Today it's drizzling, but we have 20 kts of wind on thetail, our headsails are goose winged & we are flying along, surfingdown the swells....long may it continue, (not the drizzle).   Our two week stay in the Azores was. read more...


10/06/2013

Paraty - TAG 24 - ein weiterer Tag

 Heute war wieder so einen Tag wie manche andere, wenig Wind, Gennaker und Motor. Der Nachmittag/Sonnenuntergang war sehr schoen und auch angenehm warm. Nachts ist es doch noch kalt (Segelanzug, lange Unterhosen). Peter  M. hat mal wieder herrlich gekocht und Peter J. seine letzten Reste aus seiner Ginflasche getrunken....fuer jeden etwas dabei. Am Tag begegnen wir 1 bis 2 Schiffe, sollte jetzt etwas mehr werden in der Naehe von Gibraltar..... Am Morgen dann wieder Wind....erste den Gennaker und jetzt normale Beseglung, halber Wind, ca 6,5 knoten Speed.... . read more...


10/06/2013

Ayama - On our way again

Today we left the Azores and are heading for Plymouth in England.Weather is nice with a westerly wind 10-15 knts.. read more...


10/06/2013

Lady Ann - Night riders

10/06/2013 (1000u UTC)We are on our way again! After the nice island cruising in the beautifularchipelago of the Azores it's time for some ocean sailing. And we'vebeen put to the test directly.With a front chasing our heels we had anything but a clear night. Nomoon, no stars just pitch black darkness. This means concentration andanticipation. The level of chit chat goes down. And even the unstoppablemusic remains silent. Chris and Died, the newly arrived crew members are doing very well inthese conditions. The galley still produces excellent meals, we had abeautiful circular rainbow right above us and yes. we almost caught ourfirst fish.We are 630 miles from Lagos, doing 8+ knots with a winged out jib. Wind:Westerly: 20 knots.Position: 37*12.9N 32*38.5W IMG_7462. read more...


09/06/2013

Johanem - johanem blog 9 June

At last we are off on the last leg of the MJ great adventure cruise, Santa Maria is receding into the distance - next stop Portugal.The local Azores drummer band gave us a magnificent send off.Charles, the latest mug - sorry volunteer - joined the motley crew last night - the Captain quickly removing his passport, desertion is not an option.In the words of the Eagles, Hotel California "you can check out but you can never leave"Party time - Johanem has just clocked up 20,000 miles, Well Done MJ's, fizz and celebrations all round.We now are sailing East in the tracks of the famous Captain Joshua Slocum who first sailed alone around the world in the days before GPS, he left Horta on 24 July 1895 heading for Gibraltar in his sloop the Spray.All well with the motley crew as we settle down to. read more...


Lady Ann - Night riders
Lady Ann - Night riders
09/06/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Back in the pool!

Hola mucho grande amores!  The arc fleet has now set of on thelast leg towards Europe. While writing this we are about 50nm off shore.The last days in Santa Maria has been great!  While sailing over to Santa Maria from SaintMiguel Mad Fish (another ARC boat) caught an 18 kg (40pound) tuna! This resulted in atuna feast when we docked up. Everything was planed over the VHF while sailingtowards the island. High fives to Mad Fish!   The marina we were in was great! Asthis is the smallest island we visit here in the Azores we were not to sure about how it was going to be.We pictured a deserted island, where you would have to hang out in the backyardof the local gas station owner’s garden to get a beer. Luckily we were wrong!   The marina has a great “naval club”where they. read more...


09/06/2013

Paraty - Tag 23 - Flaute

Gegen Nachmittag zieht der Himmel zu und es ist grau in grau. UnserAbendessen nehmen wir bei Nieselregen ein und der Wind wird auch immerschwaecher. In die Nacht fahren wir unter Motor, doch schon in der zweiten Wachewerden wieder die Segel gesetzt. Wir sind zwar nicht mehr so schnell wie dieletzten beiden Tage, aber immerhin, wir segeln.  Heutemorgen haben wir dann abwechselnd den Gennaker und Spinnaker gesetzt.Wir duempeln mit 3-4 Knoten vor uns her weil es einfach kein Windgibt.. read more...


09/06/2013

Farfelu - Ready, steady, GO!

PreparationIt all seems so long ago now.We returned from the warmth of the Caribbean with a month ahead to prepare Farfelu for adventure.An immense job list, shopping list as long as my arm, starting with A and ending somewhere around Z; lots to do and so little time!Mark Bowden at Endeavour was first to leap to our assistance, like a knight in armour.Farfelu was lifted out, a comprehensive "bottom job" was extended to include new shaft seals and cutlass bearings.Profuse thanks to Tim, for juggling his yard schedule and to Charlie for lending me his team of superb engineers.Relaunched after DIY electronics and very-much-not-DIY hull polishing and back to Haslar for rigging work and fitting out.Our contorted carbon mast was straightened up, Norths delivered the sparkly clean sails and. read more...


08/06/2013

Webster - Log 3: we made it to Bayona

Well we made it to Bayona after an epic sail over Biscay. Webster was hitting 11 knots at times surfing down some decent waves, the wind was blowing 4-5 occasionally 6 day and night and the sun was out ( not at night I hasten to add). All was well until we were approaching Cape Finnisterre, a place with an awesome reputation. Faced with a choice of going inside the shipping lanes or going the long way round the outside, with a NE predominant forecast the inside was the way. Our forecasts however were slightly incomplete as we were having radio problems -we could transmit clearly on VHF and SSB but we had very sketchy reception on SSB and nothing at all on VHF ; many had been trying to raise us and no doubt were fed up hearing Webster, Webster, Webster repeated how many times! Yesterday. read more...


08/06/2013

Paraty - Tag 22 - Rauschefahrt

Seit zwei Tagen haben wir Sonnenschein, aber es ist trotzdem immer nochsehr kalt. Die Wassertemperatur betraegt gerade mal 13,8 Grad, da verschiebenwir das Duschen jeden Tag auf den folgenden Tag. Der Wind hat noch etwas zuunseren Gunsten gedreht und etwas an Staerke zugenommen und so koennen wir Lagosmit Kurs 88 Grad direkt ansteuern. Der halbe Wind hat immer deutlich ueber 10Knoten und so kommen wir zuegig voran, trotz Reff in beiden Segeln. Nach demgestrigen Abendessen gab es noch eine Kaeseplatte und eine Flasche Rotwein. Dieanschliessende Nachtwache bei sternenklarem Himmel war ein echter Genuss. Sokann es weiter gehen....  PM. read more...


07/06/2013

Johanem - Johanem log 7 june

Greetings loyal readersWe have been off the air for a few days following our triumphant (well, we came fourth on handicap which is our best ever result) arrival at Horta on the island of Faial in the Azores on Tuesday 28 May. After a few life threatening days and nights ashore the 3 G's departed back to Scotland for their "Welcome home to the heroes of the Atlantic" party and yet more booze. The Sassenachs booked into a health farm in England to start the long drying out process and i had a couple of (relatively) quiet days changing the name of the boat from McHanem back to Johanem. The other crews breathed a huge sigh of relief at the departure of the 3 G's and welcomed with open arms the new crew consisting of Boo, John Duggan, Michael and his daughter Helen Chapman. We have spent. read more...


07/06/2013

Starblazer - Day four - drawbacks and advantages of sailing double handed

Penultimate blog for this crossing which compares most favourably with our two previous southbound trips, but more of that later.Vital statistics: we sailed continuously, noon to noon, and covered 157 miles through the water, 151 miles towards our waypoint. The discrepancy is explained in part by the slightly differential rates of tidal flow and partly by not being able to sail directly towards the waypoint because of the wind direction. It was a good day however you look at it.While the statistics refer to noon to noon the rest of the narrative covers 24 hours from midnight. Confused? You will be! Does anyone else remember the old American comedy 'Soap'?We could probably have sailed faster if we had been able to use just the first reef for most of this morning, rather than the second. read more...


07/06/2013

Starblazer - Day three positively.

This blog will attempt to dwell on the positives we can take from this passage.Firstly, the statistics: day's run to noon was a wonderful 152 miles through the water, of which 150 were towards the waypoint. The wind has been a steady force 5 all day (midnight to midnight) and the seas have settled quite a lot.Positive 1 - we have barely touched the sails all day since the wind veered and John eased the sheets at around 0400.Positive 2 - it's been sunny all day but the wind is cold.Positive 3 - we can still see 2 other rally yachts, flanking us one off each quarter. (= just behind either side)Positive 4 - John successfully downloaded e-mails including the important weather information. We still can't send though so these blogs will all be posted at the same time from BaionaPositive 5 - we. read more...


07/06/2013

Starblazer - Day two - trials and tribulations.

Don't let the title stop you reading further, it 's not all gloomy!Statistics first.The first day's run, noon to noon was 121 miles of which about 115 were towards our waypoint off Cape Finisterre. The winds were largely weak and variable to start with, strengthening a little late afternoon, allowing us to sail all night though rather slowly.The first surprise of the day was spotting two rally boatswhich should be slower than us, two miles ahead and pulling away. Mid morning we decided to do something about them.No, torpedoes wouldn't be very friendly! We rolled the genoa away and pulled up the colourful cruising chute, Starblazer responded instantlyand we quickly overhauled the two yachts. It's only the second time we have flown that sail on this boat so it is a bit of a learning curve.. read more...


07/06/2013

Paraty - Tag 21 - on the road again

Aufnach Lagos, noch einmal knapp 850 sm. Als wir an der Insel Sao Miguel vorbeisind, koenner wir Segel setzen und einen Kurs von 102 Grad fahren. Das sind zwar14 Grad off track aber wir haben immer noch eine Geschwindigkeit zum Ziel (VMG)von etwa 6 kn. DieAzoren verabschieden uns mit einem schoenen Sonnenuntergang genau hinter demKrater von Sao Miguel. Unser Autopilot funktioniert wieder einwandfrei. Kurz vorder Abfahrt haben wir ihn noch einmal ueberprueft und dabei bemerkt, dass dieBefestigung des Autohelmantriebs am Ruderquadranten fast vollstaendig lose war,das erklaert auch unseren Schlingerkurs auf dem Weg nach Sao Miguel. Haetten wirihn jetzt nicht wieder befestigt, waere er in Kuerze mit Sicherheit ganzabgegangen. Ein Wunder, dass er uns ueberhaupt noch so weit gebrachthat.. read more...


Quirine - Log day 5 - skipper Quirine signs arrival declaration
Quirine - Log day 5 - skipper Quirine signs arrival declaration
Quirine - Log day 5 - Crew after a good night's rest
Quirine - Log day 5 - Crew after a good night's rest
Quirine - Log day 3 middle of Bay of Biscay - captain getting ready for Spanish weather
Quirine - Log day 3 middle of Bay of Biscay - captain getting ready for Spanish weather
Freebooter - Photo of us leaving Plymouth at the start
Freebooter - Photo of us leaving Plymouth at the start
07/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 5 - Thurs 6th June - Arrival

To those who wonder why the posts are all arriving at once, the answer is boringly simple. To post an email at sea, we have to use a long range radio connection, which seemed to have been occupied for the last couple of days, so they are all now getting sent via wifi.Anyway, after a morning of mixed motoring and sailing under a very grey sky, we arrived in Bayona to be met by a smiling Andrew (the rally mastermind) taking our lines. Very shortly after followed by an ice-cold can of Stella. Great to be here!!!!Aside from the effect of arrival, (ie, a good drink of Rum with Eric and his great crew on Idefix), and then falling asleep before even having supper, there was also a sense of achievement and satisfaction. I guess that for many sailors and non-sailors, the thought of sailing for 5. read more...


Freebooter - Day 5 - Thurs 6th June - Arrival
Freebooter - Day 5 - Thurs 6th June - Arrival
07/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 4 - Wed 5th June

And the day started so well, with the usual dawn and good wind, albeit with a largish following sea. Strange, but photos never quite reflect the reality of the sea rising up and the horizon disappearing. But by early afternoon, the wind gradually reduced. Up went the chute to make the most of what was there, but a couple of hours later, it had completely died away and the sea was flat oily calm. With the prospect of the cost of Spain coming ever closer, the decision was taken to turn on the engine.As the evening came, there was a sudden strong wind from the South West (ie, head-on) and the sea got rough. This was probably a combination of wind against tide, and the marked change of depth from the 4000+ metres of Biscay to the few hundred off Spain. In the dark, the bow plunged and rose. read more...


Freebooter - Day 4 - Wed 5th June
Freebooter - Day 4 - Wed 5th June
07/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 3 - Tue 4th June

A cracking day's sail! Stayed on a single course for the last 24 hours with only minor tweaks for the wind, and maintained great speed throughout. We only saw one ship and a yacht heading north in the distance. However the highlight of the day had to be the dolphins. Late afternoon, a large pod came up and played around our bows, including mothers and young. They weaved enchantingly within centimetres of the boat.As the sun rises on day 4, we have just sighted another rally yacht, Ocean Trilogy (if the AIS is accurate), the first since Monday.Only 108nm to our next waypoint off the tip of Spain!IMG_4991 dolphins 1. read more...


Freebooter - Day 3 - Tue 4th June
Freebooter - Day 3 - Tue 4th June
07/06/2013

Starblazer - Day five - Our last day at sea

Day five - Our last day at seaThis has been a constructive day with nothing else getting damaged.Our vital statistics: day's run, noon Wednesday to 1320 Thursday was 140.3 miles. In case you hadn't guessed, we arrived 15 minutes earlier than our guesstimate and are now safely tied up in Baiona. We have sailed a total of 583 miles, though had to motor 144.7 miles. Our elapsed time was 100 hours 21 minutes, of which 24 hours 14 minutes were spent motoring.We motored all morning as the wind was dead ahead and not strong enough to sail by. About an hour from Baiona the wind finally built up and veered a little so we motor sailed, maintaining the same speed but with far fewer revs. We turned the engine off when we altered course for the finish and flew the last three miles under sail! John. read more...


07/06/2013

Farfelu - Three, please. By sea if possible…

I remember sleep, it's such a normal thing to do.I slept like a log on Saturday night, content that the three weeks of intense preparation had passed with the job list complete.Last night I slept again like a log; the four and a half days and nights in between were a continuum, a contorted period of time without contours other than those imposed by light and darkness.It's now the morning after the night before, a night of a hundred hours, a night of indistinct boundaries, of unfamiliar sounds, continuous motion, of a challenge accepted and questions posed, of trepidation extinguished by those around us whose support and comfortable presence by radio linked Farfelu to the organic whole of a fleet.This morning I feel elated, emotional and immensely proud of K and H whose tolerance and. read more...


07/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 2 - Monday 3rd June

After a gentle night, dawn arose with the light winds continuing. Rather surprisingly, there were still about six other boats in sight. By 0600, the decision was taken to go onto the engine for a while to recharge the batteries and to put a bit of pace on. Thankfully we were back sailing again a couple of hours later with the chute up.The good weather continued throughout the day, with the wind strengthening in the late afternoon.The chute was dropped, and with bigger seas and stronger gusts, the sails were well reefed for the night.Passing over the edge of the Continental Shelf, the sea abated and the depth instrument went from 190 metres to 1.5 metres!The true reading should have been in the thousands.Coming on watch at dawn was beautiful.No other vessels in sight (or on AIS), and the. read more...


06/06/2013

Starblazer - Day one at sea

Day one at seaSorry, I can't think of a snappier title.I have just written the midnight log entry and plotted our position on the chart, John is asleep and all is well on Starblazer.The night is certainly living up to our boat name, with a very bright starry sky and no moon yet. When I finish this blog I intend to play with the Star Walk app on the iPad.Vital statistics first: we cast off at 0815 and waved goodbye to Cathy and Jamie, then motored towards the start. C and J were already ashore waiting for us when we got there. There was very little wind until we pulled out the genoa about 4 minutes before the start, a gust sent us hurtling ( bit of exaggeration there) towards the start line so we had to turn away and go right round, so then the wind dropped back to next to nothing. Sorry,. read more...


06/06/2013

Quirine - Log day 2, 3, 4 - sailing across the Bay of Biscay

The start at Plymouth was magnificent seeing the ARC fleet preparing itself for the crossing. A bit of manouvring and positioning attemting to be at the startline just in time. We may have been the first to pass the line after the signal - we will hear about that once in Baiona - we decided to just stick to the basic sailing plan of genua and mainsail, leaving the genaker where it was. Slightly beyond the breakwater the wind practically died down to nothing, reason to start the engine. After a few hours of motoring we were a bit surprised to pick up a nice NW3-4bft instead of the easterly wind we were expecting. This wind took over 24 hours to gradually shift to N and much later to NE were the wind would pretty much remain the rest of the trip. We were sailing along with two ARC boats. read more...


Quirine - Log day 1 - bemanning klaar voor vertrek, Wouter richting NL
Quirine - Log day 1 - bemanning klaar voor vertrek, Wouter richting NL
06/06/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Day 2 Another amazing day

Hi All, Day started in sublime fashion,light winds ,not a cloud in the sky cruisingalong at about 4 knots .Very relaxing after Derek and i had done a 2 hour watchsystem with not a lot of sleep! Only downside is that Paul has not felt well !on the positive side for him is that has got some serious Zeds' in like 2 daysand nights solid .I am sure he will shake it off soon and be back to his perkyself ! This evening winds have been gusting 25 knots and Arcarius is going likea train with a top speed of 9 knots (well down a wave anyway! )Solar panelsworking well,Cruising chute has been great after being up for most of the day.Wedo have a problem with the Alternator which I might have to fix in SpainOtherwise we live in a perfect world. Gary Musings of an oldseadog. read more...


05/06/2013

Paraty - Tag 20 - Nachtfahrt nach Sao Miguel

Mit untergehender Sonne laufen wir aus Angra aus. 95 sm nach Sao Miguel. Bei schoenem, halbem Wind, mit Reff in Genua und Grosssegel, machen wir gut Fahrt. Doch schon nach einer Stunde Fahrt haben wir ziemlich Welle genau von Backbord. Das Schiff rollt enorm und der Autopilot faehrt einen Schlingerkurs. Das wird eine unruhige Nachtwache. Am kommenden Morgen in Ponta Delgada kommt dann unser 4. Crewmitglied, Markus, an Bord. Noch ein paar letzte Besorgungen und dann geht es auch schon bald weiter auf das verbleibende Leg nach Lagos. Die letzten 5 Wochen sind wie im Flug vergangen. PM. read more...


05/06/2013

Abraxas - blog 2

Yesterday we saw more dolphins having turned the engine over for the first time as our voltage had dropped right off.  It was a brilliant sight with them playing around the bow and in our wake.  We have little news from our last to report.  The most exciting occurrence was Gary trying to recover a bucket that he had tried to partly fill with seawater to do the washing up only to find that it was a very effective drogue that we could not recover without luffing up.   Our watch system is working very well and everyone is getting sufficient sleep.  Vis was a little poorer last night but still ample to navigate by the stars as desired.  We are now approx 40nm off land according to our plotter so everyone is starting to get excited about the creature comfort. read more...


05/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 3 - Tue 4th June

A cracking day's sail! Stayed on a single course for the last 24 hours with only minor tweaks for the wind, and maintained great speed throughout. We only saw one ship and a yacht in the distance heading North until the evening. However the highlight had to be the dolphins. Late afternoon, a large pod came up and played around our bows, including mothers and young. They weaved enchantingly within centimetres of the boat. Hopefully we can get a photo up later.As the sun rises on Day 4,we have just sighted another Rally yacht, Ocean Trilogy (if the AIS is correct), the first since Monday. Only 108nm to our next waypoint off the tip of Spain!. read more...


04/06/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Log Day 3 Rockin' & rolling

Hi All, Another great day sailing if a bit rolley  ! Bit of cloud around todayand the NE wind still has a bite to it. We have been in contact via VHF with several of the other boat in the fleetbut they are pulling away now and I don’t think we will hear them in themorning. I do feel sorry for the fast boats they could loose out an extra dayssailing by the end of the trip( Ah well that will teach them to have fastboats) Hours and days seem to be passing really fast now we are in a routine ofeating ,sleeping and all the other things you have to do on a boat! That’s it for now skipper Gary signing off  . read more...



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